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VCD Athletic
Haywards Heath Town
C MacDonald (13', 54'), A Fuseini (63')
Full time
Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 77

Heath disappointing as VCD Close the Gap

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It was a day that Heath never really got going as VCD closed the points gap to 6 with 5 matches remaining

It's easy to get disappointed over a result like today's 3-0 away defeat away at VCD Athletic but in truth the fact that in our maiden season we still sit 6 point in front of the established Bostik side who have also tasted the level above is testament in how far the side and players have come. We have some new faces still looking to bed into the squad and stamp their abilities in the side and this will always take a little while no matter what the side is.

The match itself never really looked like a contest to be fair with the hosts knowing only a win would keep their playoff hopes alive and even then it would still take a big swing of results in the final 5 matches, a defeat today would end any hope but as the match progressed it never looked likely.

The opening goal came in the 13th minute, Heath could feel slightly hard bone by as the VCD player brought the ball under control with his chest and then arm before finding Charlie MacDonald in the 6 yard box who made no mistake from close range.

Heath Vs VCD Athletic 30th March by Tony Sim
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Heath really couldn't find any rhythm in the match giving up possession all too easily and VCD snapped the loose ball up and were constantly putting Heath under pressure. The hosts could of had a penalty mid way though the first half when Cameron Tutt's man went over but the referee felt the challenge was fair.

The closest Heath came to getting on the score sheet was 5 minutes before the break but Kenny Pogue's effort came back off the post and was then cleared to safety.

The second half of many matches this season has seen a different Heath side step over the line and turn matches on their head but it wasn't to be today as the hosts continued to dominate throughout the pitch.

The lead was doubled just under 10 minutes into the half when a ball out of the Heath defence was easily returned forwards and Chalie MacDonald nipped in ahead of Josh Spinks before again finishing from close range past Josh Heyburn.

Heath introduced new signing George Landais but it was it was still the hosts looking more dangerous going forwards and on 63 minutes a fine crossfield ball found the right back deep in the Heath final third he picked out Ali Fuseini and he made no mistake from 8 yards wrapping the match and the 3 points.

Heath finally recorded their first effort on target with 67 minutes played as new signing George Landais called the hosts keeper into a smart stop down low that the defence then cleared up the loose ball.

VCD obviously took a step back in the final 20 minutes as Heath enjoyed longer spells of possession but a good defensive display continued to leave Heath trying efforts from distance that never troubled the keeper.

Full Time VCD Athletic 3-0 Heath

Despite defeat Heath still sit in 5th with a 6 point cushion and 5 games to play, next week they are back at Hanbury where they face Whitstable Town who today beat league leaders Cray Wanderers 1-0 so it will again be a real test for Heath.

Key moments

13:00
Goal Charlie MacDonald scores for VCD Athletic
54:00
Goal Charlie MacDonald scores for VCD Athletic
63:00
Goal Ali Fuseini scores for VCD Athletic

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Highlights

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86:00 Yellow Card
Omar Folkes is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
85:00 Sub Off
Aymun El-Moyhalbel is substituted off for VCD Athletic
85:00 Sub On
Dominic Vincent is substituted on for VCD Athletic
79:00 Sub On
Omar Folkes is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
79:00 Sub Off
Callum Saunders is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
77:00 Yellow Card
Callum Saunders is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
71:00 Sub Off
Trevor McCreadie is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
71:00 Sub On
Kieran Rowe is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
63:00 Goal 3 - 0
Ali Fuseini scores for VCD Athletic
55:00 Sub Off
Andrew Dalhouse is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
55:00 Sub On
George Landais is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
54:00 Goal 2 - 0
Charlie MacDonald scores for VCD Athletic
42:00 Sub On
Joe Denny is substituted on for VCD Athletic
42:00 Sub Off
Alex Gaggin is substituted off for VCD Athletic
36:00 Yellow Card
Temitope Eweka is yellow carded for VCD Athletic
35:00 Yellow Card
Josh Spinks is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
13:00 Goal 1 - 0
Charlie MacDonald scores for VCD Athletic
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • VCD Athletic
  • Haywards Heath Town
  • 0
  • Charlie MacDonald Goal 13:00'
  • Josh Spinks Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Temitope Eweka Yellow Card 36:00'
  • Alex Gaggin Sub Off 42:00'
  • Joe Denny Sub On 42:00'
  • Charlie MacDonald Goal 54:00'
  • George Landais Sub On 55:00'
  • Andrew Dalhouse Sub Off 55:00'
  • Ali Fuseini Goal 63:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Sub Off 71:00'
  • Kieran Rowe Sub On 71:00'
  • Callum Saunders Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Callum Saunders Sub Off 79:00'
  • Omar Folkes Sub On 79:00'
  • Dominic Vincent Sub On 85:00'
  • Aymun El-Moyhalbel Sub Off 85:00'
  • Omar Folkes Yellow Card 86:00'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Laing, Alex Laing, Alex
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
McCreadie, Trevor McCreadie, Trevor
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Tutt, Cameron Tutt, Cameron
Saunders, Callum Saunders, Callum
Napper, Byron Napper, Byron
Dalhouse, Andrew Dalhouse, Andrew
Pogue, Kenny Pogue, Kenny
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
VCD Athletic
  • 1. Matt Funnell
  • 2. Brad Simms
  • 3. Dominic Odusanya
  • 4. Junior Joseph-Baker
  • 5. Temitope Eweka
  • 6. Jack Steventon
  • 7. Alex Gaggin
  • 8. Alastair Gordon
  • 9. Ali Fuseini
  • 10. Charlie MacDonald
  • 11. Aymun El-Moyhalbel
  • 12. Joe Denny
  • 13. . .
  • 14. Ricardo Joseph
  • 15. Dominic Vincent
  • 16. Liam Rosenfield
  • 17. Victor Caicedo

League round up

Other South East Division results

Ashford United
3
0
Guernsey
East Grinstead Town
5
2
Hythe Town
2
1
Sittingbourne
Hastings United
3
0
Horsham
3
1
Sevenoaks Town
1
0
Cray Wanderers
Whyteleafe
0
2

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Cray Wanderers 36 82
2. Horsham 36 74
3. Hastings United 36 70
4. Ashford United 36 68
5. Haywards Heath Town 36 63
6. VCD Athletic 36 62
7. Hythe Town 36 52

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